7th Circuit tells ALJ to reconsider disability case

15 years after initially filing for Social Security disability benefits based on degenerative disk disease, obesity, depression, and other ailments, 47-year-old Louquetta O’Connor-Spinner is still fighting the rejection of the Social Security Administration.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the SSA on Tuesday, August 9 to take a look at her case again. The appeals court already did so in 2010 after the SSA denied her disability benefits request in 2004. However, O’Connor-Spinner’s case was reassigned to a new administrative law judge (ALJ) who said her depression has never been a severe impairment. In his decision, Circuit Judge Daniel Manion declared, “Had the new ALJ followed our narrow instructions to address the shortcomings in his predecessor’s decision, this appeal would be simple (if necessary at all). But instead the ALJ reevaluated O’Connor-Spinner’s condition himself, and despite new evidence that strengthens the earlier finding that she suffers from severe depression, found the opposite.”

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